Ideas for a Mother-Daughter UK Trip

Apr 21st, 2014, 04:59 PM
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Oh no. I meant $100 US per person. So $200 US per night for the both of us. Or less.
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Apr 21st, 2014, 05:10 PM
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Of course, that price was the initial dart thrown at the wall. We are still in the beginning stages of planning. Once we firm up what makes sense, we can then price out everything, and from that point have a plan. Upon which we start saving
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Apr 21st, 2014, 05:51 PM
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Oh - $200/£120 is very doable - even in central London.
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Apr 21st, 2014, 06:13 PM
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Good to know, thank you!

Of course, as I speak, my mother has just found the Visit York website, and is considering abandoning the idea of Harrods and the Tower entirely to go for The Shambles and York Minster instead.

I think I will let her read and explore and ponder over what she likes best and then revisit deciding on exact locations. Where it is not likely that she will be able to visit again, I expect to be able to, so she should really get to see exactly what she wants (within practical means).

The important part I learned from this thread, though, is for a 7 day trip, to keep it to one geographical area for ease and practicality.
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 12:21 AM
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If your mum comes to York (which is very interesting) she could drop over to Leeds on the train and see all weapons that were stored there at http://www.royalarmouries.org/visit-us/leeds plus watch knights fight etc, about 30 minutes by train.
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 08:31 AM
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Oh! I will keep that in mind, thank you!

I think she has decided. Something we used to do together while I was very young was we'd watch All Creatures Great and Small on PBS. Was just a mother/daughter bonding time for us, and she likes the idea that we'd be going together to Yorkshire. Also, it appears that York has a quilting museum (http://www.quiltmuseum.org.uk/) and that absolutely cinched the deal for her.

So it appears we will fly into Manchester, train it to York, and stay/vacation/explore there. A "possible" day trip to London if we have time. It looks like a train trip from York to London would take around 2 hours?
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 09:44 AM
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If she likes vets and sheep the various shows on this website will be fun (but maybe muddy) http://www.yorkshirenet.co.uk/yorksh...ral-shows.aspx

Yes the train is pretty fast down to London but also very busy, you can book ahead and knock the prices down with free reservation for a particular train time. Alternativley you just ignore the reservation and try to find a seat. These are long trains and normally at the north end (furthest from the Kings Cross (KX) exit) there are often free seats. If money is no object then first class is worth having.

York itself is pretty bad for cars (make sure your hotel/ B&B has a space for you) but once out of the city a car makes a lot of sense. If not use http://www.transportdirect.info/Web2...epeatingloop=Y to understand local buses and trains to get around. You should also search out Morgana on this website a fodorite who knows it all about Northern Yorkshire which is where you will be
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 09:46 AM
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Oh the train from Manchester to York is dead easy, though the train itself goes west into Manchester proper before coming out east, through the Penines to York. Manchester airport is easy peasy
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 09:46 AM
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Fabulous!

Stay in York -- LOTS to fill your time. One day take the short train ride up to Thirsk and you can visit James Herriot's (Alf Wight) actual veterinary surgery/museum. Another day visit Castle Howard (Fabulous 'palace' where both Brideshead Revisited were filmed)

A day trip to London is certainly doable -- 2:15 each way so a long day but not bad.
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 12:17 PM
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Wonderful! It looks like we have a good bit of reading ahead of us, but great to know that the plan so far is feasible

I will search out Morgana's threads, definitely.

Are there better times of year to visit York?
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 12:24 PM
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yorkshire: the Brontës! Though one would need a car for that. And Dracula! (Whitby)
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Apr 22nd, 2014, 01:04 PM
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I live in West Yorkshire and generally the winter months are not the best, from early April it get good until October. The days are longer and there are more festivals, sports and things open in the summer months. Some people like Christmas in York, aiming to use the Cathedral and having almost a Dickensian Christmas (see the shambles) not a bad way to get cold for me.
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